This is a little different from the posts I usually do. So, on that note, I want you to…

Tell your ego to step aside.

And let’s breathe…

Take a moment to breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 2, and then let your breath out for 5 seconds. Breathe in again, imagining pure white light and positivity coming in with your breath. Let the white light fill your body. Hold. Breathe out, letting the negativity you’ve been holding onto go out through your breath. Breathe in again, letting the white light enter your body and fill your aura with a beautiful sparkling light. Hold. And, breathe out and let go.

I feel a little like the Apple iWatch’s reminder to breathe, but I did the breathing exercise on purpose. I wanted to help you to slow down to take in the meaning and intention of this post.

See, often we lead from our head and not our heart. That’s when we’re in ego mode. Ego likes to tell us what to do based on it’s own experience, and not necessarily based on our soul’s wishes. Ego likes to be the Captain and Commander. Ego’s helped you out a lot throughout your life. That’s why I don’t think of ego as “bad.” I don’t even like to judge it as anything except for helping us along our earthly journey, so to speak. 

However, ego can get in our way. It likes to run the show. “Don’t do that- you’ll get hurt!” “Success at all costs- that’s what’s important!” “Lose 25 pounds, you look horrible!” “She’s better than I am.” “You’re a terrible parent.” And boy, ego loves to judge others, too. Look at the comments of an article or video and you’re bound to see some meanness. Ego likes to be in charge because it’s used to being the boss. It’s your default, you know. 

Step aside, I imagine our ego saying, I got this. 

And that’s how you learn to shut off that beautiful loving voice of our soul for that of the ego.

Ego says: “I know what to do! I got this!” And in goes the ego to take charge. Ego may undermine your confidence and make you question whether you really know what you’re doing. “You look like a fool!” “Who do you think you are?” And you stay little and dim your light a little bit more.

All too often, we listen to our ego’s voice instead of listening to that still, quiet voice within us that lets us know our purpose, our path, our way to love.

When was the last time you stopped to smell a flower? To sing with your heart’s abandon even when people were looking or listening? When was the last time you felt joy just for living? Or love, pure love? Or laughed that pure belly laugh of the sweet innocence of fun? When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and ignored the fearful thoughts?

We get caught up in the daily routine of life and can forget what’s truly important:

  • connection
  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • forgiveness
  • laughter
  • beauty…

Maybe it’s time that we start saying “step aside” to our ego more often and begin listening to that small still voice of our heart.